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#1 lkkillian


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Posted 22 February 2008 - 03:10 PM

I just now opened this email. How do I go about checking to see if the address is valid. Should I consider it questionable and just delete it even though I am courious to find out what it is about. I have heard that if it sounds too good to be true then it is probably junk. Here is the email. After reading it a second time I think it is probably junk. Any opinions?

CEF (www.cef.fr) would like to notify you
that you have been chosen by the board
of trustees as one of the final recipients of a
cash Grant-Donation for your own personal,
educational, and business development.
CEF, established 1977 by the Multi-Million
groups and now supported by the Economic
Community for West African States (ECOWAS),
United Nations Organization (UNO) and the
European Union (EU) was conceived with the
objective of human growth, educational,
and community development.

In conjunction with the ECOWAS, UNO and the
EU, We are giving out a yearly donation of
US$850,000.00 each to 100 lucky recipients.
These specific Donations/Grants will be awarded
to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide,
in different categories.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet
websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices
worldwide, you were selected amongst the lucky
recipients to receive the award sum of US$850,000.00
as charity donations/aid. (Note that all beneficiaries
email addresses were selected randomly from over
100,000 internet websites or a shop\'s cash invoice
around your area in which you might have
purchased something from).

You are required to contact the
Executive Secretary below, for qualification documentation
and processing of your claims. Please endeavor to
quote your Qualification numbers (CEF-080-2998-2996)
in all discussions.

Executive Secretary: Rev. Adrienne Fernande
Email: rev.fernande@gmail.com

Mrs. Susan Benson
Email Co-ordinator

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#2 mommabear


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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:48 PM

It's a scam! Don't click the link out of curiosity just to be safe too.

You didn't say what program you are using for your email. If you are using Outlook Express, you can actually "read" any suspicious email without actually opening it and possibly executing any malware by doing this. It would probably work in Outlook too, but I don't know for sure since I don't use it.

Right click the email in your inbox and click Properties. Click the Details Tab. Click the Message Source button. Now you can read the email and see who it's from and what it says. This trick also comes in handy when you receive an email from an address you don't recognize...ie, when a friend changes ISP's and doesn't notify you of their new address in advance.

#3 JacksonT


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Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:51 PM

Yeah its a fake mark it as spam and try to blacklist the address of the sender

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:57 PM


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